Raulerson says Vols coaches best in country

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Winning is important, but it is not the only thing that makes for a great experience.

That holds true most especially when you're a committed prospect like Ray Raulerson taking in a game at Neyland Stadium in the fall with 102,455 fans packed in on the banks of the Tennessee River.

Raulerson is one of the Tennessee's 30 commitments for the Class of 2014 and made an official visit to Knoxville this past weekend.

The Plant Senior (Fla.) High School offensive lineman was able to come up with his family with his school on a bye week, as the Panthers prepare to begin quest for an FHSAA Class 8A state championship.

"The trip was great even though we didn't win," Scout three-star blocker told InsideTennessee. "I am confident in where the program is going and we are going to win in the future."

While he sat in the recruiting section in the north end zone with other commitments and visiting recruits, he envisioned what it would be like playing with the Power T on his helmet in the near future.

"I imagined what it is going to be like playing here for a program that has a great tradition," Raulerson said. "Everything was great about the trip and I enjoyed going to coach (Butch) Jones house on his boat and hanging out with everyone. Tennessee by far has the best coaching staff in the country."

Currently Tennessee's class remains No. 2 in the country but is only 14 points behind Alabama for the top spot, which the 6-foot-5, 280-pounder believes they still could possibly claim come Feb. 1 on National Signing Day.

"We really think we can finish as the No. 1 recruiting class in the country," he said. "There have been a few guys that have really helped recruit the guys that are here now. We are all honored to be a part of it."

As part of a talented class that hopes to bring Tennessee back to the top ranks in college football, he will look to bring a strong work ethic along with him.

"We want to reshape the identity of Tennessee football," he said. "We are going to work hard everyday and see where that takes us."

After Raulerson's senior season comes to an end he wants to focus on improving his lower body strength.

"Right now I'm focused on our first playoff game and trying to help us win a state championship," he said. "If we put all the pieces together we have a great chance to win it all. This season I feel like I've really progressed and am excited for college football."

Plans are for the No. 92 player in the Sunshine State to enroll at Tennessee in January.


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